The silky-smooth, smokey and sensuous voice of Sade Adu rings true and clear here as does the band's smoldering brand of jazz and Latin-tinged soul. Sade's second album, Promise, issued just nine months after Diamond Life, finds the 1984 Grammy award-winning Best New Artist building on the cool-cat jazz of their debut while also exploring more exotic influences.
Promise became the group's first album to top the album charts in both the UK and the US while matching its predecessor's quadruple platinum certification. Sade is once again the personification of cool with her sultry contralto more assured and expressive than ever. Add that to the band's compelling musical backdrops and you have a foreboding atmosphere that is practically spellbinding.
"The Sweetest Taboo," easily one of the group's signature songs, went on to be a huge hit while "Never as Good as the First Time" landed in both the R&B and pop Top 20 and "Is It a Crime" was also released as a single. Promise is a gorgeous collection heightened throughout by a timeless singer who reinforces her artistry with refreshing refinement and beauty.